By A.E. Sarver
He’s brought us original worship songs, but now it’s time to say farewell to Olivet’s chapel worship leader, Joey Ramirez.
After a couple of years, Ramirez has decided that this position is no longer for him. He feels that God is calling him in a different direction.
“I’ve definitely grown being in this position and I’ve learned a lot about myself,” Ramirez said. “God is showing me that I just can’t anymore.”
Ramirez is heading back to Chicago to live with his parents.
Future plans have not been decided yet. He only knows that he needs to leave Olivet. He says that on top of the pressure #onuchapel brings, his living arrangements are not the best.
“It’s been two of the most horrible years of my life. I’m going back home to my bed. The beds here are awful,” Ramirez said.
Rumors are going around suggesting Ramirez was offered a recording contract, but when asked, Ramirez refused to comment.
Not only will Ramirez’s life look different, but chapel services will be transformed as well.
Administration has decided to put Olivet’s vocal group, The Olivetians, in charge of worship. The group of ten students will be coordinating the music and sing every chapel service.
“Even though I will not be in the group next year, I know that the oncoming group has the strength of sensitivity to the Spirit to lead the chapel in worshipping through urban gospel music,” Current Olivetian, Amber Leffel said.
Though some students are excited about hearing The Olivetians sing more often, there are some who will miss the style of worship Ramirez brought.
“I’m going to miss Joey,” Technical Director of this year’s Olivetian group, Lauren Leidahl said.
Leidahl teared up thinking of Ramirez leaving.
“I am very upset at this news. I am tempted to tamper with the tracks The Olivetians sing so that they will be forced to call Ramirez back,” Leidahl said.
The Olivetians begin at the beginning of next semester. The theme of the semester is “The Lord is Holy” with The Olivetians singing “Lord, You’re Holy” at the beginning of each service.
“One thing we in The Olivetians hope to bring to chapel is a new dress code, because we simply don’t wear jeans,” Current Olivetian member, Emily Fernette said.
Another new asset to the chapel will be a singing of the Alma Mater.
Students will be expected to know the song by heart and can get extra chapel skips if they know it by the first day of classes in the fall semester.
Though chapel will look different, the overall sentiment from students and faculty is, “Good luck Joey.”